Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Favorite 10 for the Fourth of July!

My suggetion: DIY your table cloth. Buy an inexpensive plain tablecloth and paint your own stars and stripes, or buy a painter's dropcloth. Use painter's tape to make off your stripes and stencils for stars. Really crafty? Sew on some stars!

To save money: Same thing--- DIY and buy paper products like they did. Easy clean up and bold colors-- two pluses!

The event: Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Flag Day

My spin: Switch out the dark vases for white or silver boxes, vases, or containers for a more modern  approach. Paint the stripes in a darker red and tea stain the 'white' for an antiqued flag.  Also, I would create different favors.... perhaps the firecracker licorice that is all over Pinterest. I also think I would ditch the flags in the centerpieces--leave them simple.  Maybe switch the chargers for something with a little more sparkle?

Branch out: Add bandana and make the colors darker, and you're on the verge of a cowboy party! Replace the containers with jars, toy wagons, hats, boots..... So many options!

Splurge: Host a full Americana party. Serve punches in red, white and blue. Provide popcorn in white and white striped bags. Dip pretzels in chocolate and sprinkle and themed sprinkles. Wrap silverware and adorn with a small flag or sparkly tassle. Add a flag cheesecake or cherry delight to your dessert table. Use bandanas as napkins. Fill vases with white roses, hydrangeas, or peonies. Create pennants and banners from textured and printed scrapbook paper or fabric scraps. Throw in pies, sweet tea, red and blue fruits, ice cream, lanterns (paper and real), hot dogs, tissue poms, wooden crates, and buckets... And you've got an all-American backyard barbeque!

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